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6 tips to organize your home in the new year

November 18, 2014
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Top on everyone’s list in the new year: Get organized. But a carload of organizational supplies can be pricey. And those professional closet-and-garage organizers don’t come cheap. Luckily, you can pull it together yourself without spending a bundle. The trick: Maximize your efforts by setting up a home that’s designed for how you truly live. […]

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Selling your home: how to accessorize a small living room

November 17, 2014
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The living room is the heart of most homes, so it’s a crucial space to stage when you’re preparing to sell. The first thing you need to consider is the scale of your sofa and coffee table, said Mark Neuwirth, a senior associate real estate broker at Coldwell Banker Bellmarc in Manhattan. “It’s very important […]

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Selling your home: 6 cautions about overimproving

November 12, 2014
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Can your home ever be too nice? Turns out, the answer is yes. Call it the curse of overimproving: sinking so much into upgrades, renovations or additions that you’ve burned off nearly all the equity of your home. When you sell, you “never get 100 cents on the dollar, no matter what the improvement,” says Erik […]

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How to change your life by decluttering

November 12, 2014
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It sounds like hyperbole, but for devotees of the KonMari Method of housecleaning, pioneered by Marie Kondo (who named it after herself), it’s reality. Kondo, author of the book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” preaches dramatic reorganization. Kondo’s advice gets to the psychological via the physical. By […]

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Homeowners: Fall planning brings spring tax savings

October 31, 2014
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Before the first snowflakes of winter, homeowners should think about spring savings. Steps taken today could reduce the tax hit on April 15. Most homeowners who itemize their taxes can deduct the interest paid on their first and second mortgages of up to $1.1 million in debt. That total reflects up to $1 million for […]

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These real-estate agents walked into real-life houses of horror

October 28, 2014
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It doesn’t have to be Halloween for real-estate agents to stumble into some truly creepy houses. In some cases, sellers haven’t taken the care to stage their home properly before listing. Foreclosures also often yield some rather odd showings. Here are some of their stories. In Colorado Springs, real-estate agent Willi Ellis, with ERA Shields, […]

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A Guide To Getting Your First Mortgage

October 24, 2014
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If you have good credit, a healthy income and money in the bank, you’ll be able to secure mortgage preapproval quickly and proceed straight to the homebuying process. But if you have less-than-stellar credit, are self-employed or have little cash to bring to the table, you’ll want to start the process way before you look at […]

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New Video From Lennar’s “How To U”: How To Reheat Pizza

October 22, 2014
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I’m sure most of us can relate to simply being too busy to cook dinner. You have those nights where ordering pizza just makes the most sense whether you are eating alone or need to feed your family. The question is what do you do with those leftover slices? Are they going to be as […]

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The Newbie’s Roadmap To Buying A First Home

October 21, 2014
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For first-time homebuyers, the whole homebuying process may look a bit daunting. You’re going into what could be the biggest purchase of your life with no experience to fall back on. The good news is a little preparation can go a long way and help you approach this major decision with confidence. Many things have […]

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5 Real Estate Mistakes Retirees Make

October 21, 2014
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Most people heading into retirement inevitably make some sort of real estate decision – whether they downsize, relocate to a different community or make renovations to an existing home that makes the place more accessible to live in as they get older. So, not surprisingly, there are numerous real estate mistakes people in this group […]

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